Chabon has done it again. Can't get enough of his books. They feel real. If you've shopped for vinyl records in Oakland, you will know what I mean. Can't wait for his next one
It is difficult to listen to a Dave Barry book without laughing out loud. Truck drivers passing you on the highway, while you listen to his work, will think you are a lunatic ... unless they are also listening to a Dave Barry Book.
Warning: If you are a prude, stay away. Moore is funny and bawdy, much like Shakespeare was in his own time. This is King Lear from a very twisted perspective. Moore's fans will love it. Those of us who teach Shakespeare in college will appreciate his re-telling as much as we appreciated Jane Smiley's re-telling of the same story in A Thousand Acres.
OK ... five or more people risk prison, their lives, and more for a "jackpot" they must split of about 8 million dollars. Grisham: That's what Melky Cabrera got each year for two years just to play baseball for the Blue Jays. Add another zero to make it interesting. By today's standards, 80 million dollars will get you a mediocre free agent pitcher for a few years.
After a while, it just didn't seem that exciting by those standards.
I like King's stuff. It is fun to see what the television and film screenplay writers do with his work. Usually it falls short. This is an exception. The television series "Haven," inspired by this short work, is very creative. This is worth listening to, if for no other reason, than it is an interesting to see what the script writers had to start with ... and not much more.
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